Best Of Make Up For Ever Kit Review

Make Up For Ever is one of my favorite brands overall. Their aqua eyes liners are simply incredible (see aqua eyes swatches at Beauty and Fashion Tech), and both their liquid and powder high definition foundations are my regular daily use foundations. Make Up For Ever also makes good primers and lip products. A good way to test them out is through the Best of Make Up For Ever Kit at Sephora.

Best of Make Up For Ever Kit

The kit contains the following products:

High Definition Microfinish Powder: A wonderful finish powder.

Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer): A beautiful shimmer highlighting cream that is great as a pretty overall shimmer eye shade or as an eye highlighting cream (which is how I use it).

Travel Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black): I love aqua eyes. The liners are seriously waterproof, glide on easily, and wear all day and evening.

Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Star Collection – S4 (pearly pink beige): A pretty pink gloss in a neutral shade that will work for just about anyone.

High Definition Microperfecting Primer: a great overall skin and makeup primer.

Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara: a Good basic black mascara for daily use.

Here are swatches of the the Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Gloss and Aqua Cream.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Swatch Lip Gloss Swatch

 

Overall, I love this kit and highly recommend it.

 

Buy it at Sephora

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Four Steps To Perfect Eye Makeup

How to Apply Eye Makeup

Applying eye makeup is not always an easy task. Sure, you could just slather on some eye shadow, but for a flawless all-day look, it is best to take some care. Below are three tips to getting you on your way to the best eye makeup application. All of the items below can be found at Sephora.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Start with a primer:

Eye primer fills in tiny lines and smoothes the surface, allowing for more even coverage and longer wear for your eye shadow. One often recommended product is Primer Potion from Urban Decay. If you are going natural and jsut want to even things up, it can be worn alone, but it really works best a a base for shadow. Primer Potion prevents your shadow from smudging and creasing, and it help keep your color lasting all day.

Choose the best eye shadow palette:

Choose the best shadow shades for your skin tone and eye color goes a long way toward creating the perfect look.  For a natural day look, find a good basic set of neutral shades for daily wear. Then, pick some favorite stronger hues for evening wear.

Look for multiple use palettes, such as the below palette from Tarte, which offers shades appropriate for both day and evening wear in a variety of pretty colors. The kit is packaged in a cute case with a shadow brush and eyeliner for simple application.

Tarte Eye Shadow Palette

 

Apply Shadow Carefully. Less Is More:

One of the most fundamental makeup mistakes is applying too much. too bright of a shade during the day, or too much of any shade can look garish and will only act to age your appearance. this doesn’t mean that you can’t wear fun shades, it simply means to proceed with caution anytime you start getting brave with shadow. For a simple look, apply a light shade to the brow bone, a medium shade to the lid and use a darker shade as a liner. drama can be added by darkening the crease. Save the bright shades and high contrast items for evening looks, or for fun daytime outings where a neutral professional look is not required.

Use a Quality Mascara:

Mascara completes the eye makeup routine. An often used rule for a  natural look is that women with dark eyes and hair should use black mascara, while those with blue eyes and light hair should chooser brown mascara. However, that certainly is not set in stone, and many pale skinned women will look quite good in black mascara.  Black is also the best for all evening looks. there are numerous quality mascaras on the market. For the best look, curl lashes first, wipe your mascara brush in order to prevent clumps, and apply one coat of mascara. For greater drama, wait for the first coat to dry, fill and wipe the brush again, and apply one more gentle coat.   DiorShow Iconic Mascara  an all around great product for any more dramatic mascara look, as well as for regular wear. For more natural looking and thinner lashes, Lancome Definicils Mascara does a nice job of providing natural definition and length.

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The Best Eye Primers

Using an eye primer is a great way to get your eye makeup to last all day and to prevent creasing. It also will keep your shadow colors from fading. But some are certainly better than others. Personally, I sometimes cheat and use a bit of my lotion face primer (Laura Mercier) as an eye primer and it works just fine, but there are some really good primers on the market that are dedicated solely to the eyes.

The article below from Total Beauty looks at the best eye primers for creating a perfect makeup look.  It also includes lash primers, which can be a great way to get a bit of extra length and thickness added to your everyday mascara. Of those, the Blinc lash primer on the list is my personal favorite. Among the eye primers, I particularly like Urban Decay Primer Potion and Laura Mercier’s eye primer, even though, as I noted, I often use the Laura Mercier face primer on my my eyes instead.

See the excerpt below for more information and click on through to the Total Beauty website to see the full list of the best eye primers.

 

TotalBeauty.com
15 Best Eye Primers to Make Eye Makeup Last

Tired of your eye shadow and liner ending up a smudged mess at the end of the day? Keep your makeup intact with one of these great eye primers

 

15 Best Primers to Help Eye Makeup Last

This is a TotalBeauty.com eye makeup article

Primer allows makeup colors to appear truer on your eyes, prevents smudges, and helps keep your makeup lasting longer.You hear it repeatedly from the top makeup artists: Wear makeup primer. Using a top primer can make a huge difference in your makeup and how it wears.  Convinced? Good. Now go get one — Check out these reader favorites.

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No. 15: Paula Dorf Eye Primer, $25

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.8

 

No. 15: Paula Dorf Eye Primer, $25

“This primer is not drying at all and can be worn alone or with a very light eyeshadow for a quick natural look.”

No. 14: Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base, $24.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.9

 

No. 14: Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base, $24.50

“You only need to use very little, so it lasts a long time, and is good on days when I don’t wear shadow, [since] it evens out my lids.”

No. 13: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes, $14.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2

 

No. 13: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes, $14.50

“It even helps the crappy eyeshadows last a couple hours.”

Want to see what was the top primer? Click here!

Do you have a favorite makeup primer? Is it on the list? If so share it in the comments!

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